Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), Helsinki

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The largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe, Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) stands as a symbol of Russian influence in Finland's history. Designed by architect Aleksey Gornostayev during Russian rule of the region in the 19th century, this Eastern Orthodox church was completed in 1868. Visit the popular Helsinki landmark, note its traditional Russian design, and then enjoy the view of the city from this scenic hilltop. Take time to inspect the structure's ornate interior, domed ceilings, and crypt chapel, as well as several historically and artistically important icons, including St. Nicolas the Wonder Maker and Theotokos of Kozeltshan. Arrange your visit to Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Helsinki using our Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .
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  • One of Helsinki's most visited temples. Located on the slopes near the Market Square pier. You can enjoy the harbour view from the courtyard around the cathedral.
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  • Its construction at the top of a hill gives it an unbeatable appearance. Its interior is simple and invites prayer.
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  • Very nice place to visit and see, a little bit uphill but nothing too bad. You can also get a nice view of the city from outside.  more »
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  • Uspenski Cathedral is one of the main cathedral and place to visit in Helsinki. The architecture of this church is like Russian style And it's amazing. The church is near the sea and at night it look more beautiful. There are lot of cafes around the church.
  • If you take time to really explore both the exterior and interior of this old Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the heart of Helsinki, you be totally amazed with its structure as a building, but also the significance it has played in Finnish history. It was also fun trying to speak in broken Russian and convoluted English to the priest on duty at the religious souvenir shop inside. Consequently, I couldn't help but but a tiny replica of one the religious icons which cover the inside walls of the church.
  • As a tourist I took part in amazing concert during orthodox 2 hours long service. The spectacle and the choir in the church I will remember very long. When you listen to it you think how wonderful things people are able to create when they are inspired by true faith
  • Beautiful building but found it closed at a time it was supposed to be open (12:30 14th April 2019). Nice views from the outside. Sorry I could not see the inside.
  • We visited Uspenski Cathedral after coming back from a trip in Suomenlinna island and it was already closed and we were sad because they told us that it is very beautiful inside, but here is the tip to check the church hours if you want to visit inside and looks like it’s a free entrance. But although we couldn’t visit the church inside, we really enjoyed being able to visit the church on the outside for the details and views from the hill. It’s a nice area to walk around. Eli: 5 / Serge: 5 Recommended: Yes, it’s a beautiful church. Tips: - Comfortable shoes are recommended, - Check the church open hours before you go.
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